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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 12:54pmSanction this postReply
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Nonetheless a Christian, he seems to be a better alternative and more to the point seems to have a chance at winning.
"Bratís background should make him especially appealing to conservative organizations. He chairs the department of economics and business at Randolph-Macon College and heads its BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism program. The funding for the program came from John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T (a financial-services company) who now heads the Cato Institute. The two share an affinity for Ayn Rand: Allison is a major supporter of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Brat co-authored a paper titled ďAn Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand.Ē Brat says that while he isnít a Randian, he has been influenced by Atlas Shrugged and appreciates Randís case for human freedom and free markets."



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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 1:06pmSanction this postReply
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No doubt that Rand is spinning in her grave... given how she would hate hearing the term "Randian" and how she would cringe at the idea of a desirable Christian candidate who speaks well of Atlas Shrugged.

But I agree that he is heads and shoulders above Cantor. The biggest impediment being encountered by this new semi-libertarian wing of the conservatives is coming from the establishment side of their own party! As a matter of fact, just about the only passionate life I see in the Establishment GOP is their negative reaction to the likes of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, et. al. And that says a lot.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:09pmSanction this postReply
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My MAC address shows me ads for Sen. Cornyn with his NRA affiliation and "voted best conservative" and stuff like that. However Freedom Works reports this:
Top 10 Bad Votes by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

1. Cornyn Voted to Let Harry Reid Fund ObamaCare
2. Cornyn Voted for the Wall Street Bailout (T.A.R.P.)
3. Cornyn Voted for Medicare Part D
4. Cornyn Voted to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
5. Cornyn Voted for the Fiscal Cliff Tax Hike
6. Cornyn Voted against Fiscally Conservative Budgets
7. Cornyn Supported Intrusive Internet Regulations (PIPA)
8. Cornyn Voted to Allow Warrantless Data Collection on American Citizens
9. Cornyn Has Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling Eight Times
10. Cornyn Voted to Reauthorize the Patriot Act

For me it was Number 7. It was "PIPA: Protect Internet Privacy Act." In the House the bill was called "SOPA: Stop Online Privacy Act." The Orwellian bill titles cover their exactly opposite intention. If someone illegally copies something and posts it on the Internet, and if the government cannot find that person, they can prosecute the website owner.

Senator Cornyn's opponent:
"... Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, filed paperwork for the 2014 Texas Senate race, just minutes before the filing deadline."
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/12/sen-john-cornyn-gets-tea-party-primary-challenger/



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 9:47amSanction this postReply
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Update: the guy won big.  I don't expect a lot of him, since his big issue was immigration and he's on the wrong side.



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:38pmSanction this postReply
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Is it possible to tell, how much of this was over just one issue(immigration) and how much was just backlash at any incumbant in DC these days, a general level of disgust with our out of all control federal government?

 

The usual suspects, including me and you, all rush in after the event and try to spin meaning.

 

So what does it really mean?

 

Is that even knowable these days?

 

regards,

Fred



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 1:41pmSanction this postReply
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He was -really- outspent; something like $200,000 to $5 million.   And he won anyway.

 

That must be telling us something... but what the Hell is it?

 

I suspect, more money will be spent spinning this result than was spent on obtaining it...

 

regards,

Fred



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:48pmSanction this postReply
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What it all means will come out in due time.  All I'll predict now is that we'll go at least two weeks, maybe two and a half, without seeing a death-of-the-Tea-Party piece in the national media.



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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:49pmSanction this postReply
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There seem to be a number of theories about the big win despite being outspent by 20 to 1:

 

- People who are intensely upset over aspects of amnesty/immigration reform and it being in the news just before the election

- People who are fed up with establishment GOP people that aren't being honest with them - the anti-slippery vote

- The rain plus being a non-presidential election didn't bring out many people... only those very passionate about their agenda

- That democrats, allowed to vote in these primaries, were choosing the candiate least able to win the general election

 

I don't buy that last item - it seems to be reaching a bit far and not fitting the facts.  And I'm not familiar with any burning issue effecting Richmond voters regarding immigration that would account for this (I have lots of relatives in Richmond).  The news people think that what they publish is driving events... even when it isn't.

 

So, just my gut feeling is that the most motivated to go out in the rain were a group of people who had grown to hate Cantor for becoming more and more establishment, feeding them talking points designed to mollify without ever really listening to what they wanted.  They decided to put in someone new.  And the rain kept the others away.  It feels like the rain might have been as powerful a deciding factor as any other.

 

But, there are also a lot of born-again, evangelical voters in Virginia... maybe they focused on a difference between Cantor and the new guy that is religous and marched out into the rain.  Hope that's not it.  I'd rather entertain the hope that the new guy is a nice clean message that politicians need fight more for small government, fewer regulations, balanced budgets, less taxation and debt... and above all to be bolder and more honest in those efforts.  In otherwords, that they elected a Tea Party candidate over an Establishment politican.



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Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 6:05amSanction this postReply
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 All I'll predict now is that we'll go at least two weeks, maybe two and a half, without seeing a death-of-the-Tea-Party piece in the national media.

 

Two weeks!   You are wildly optimistic.     They are feversihly working now to spin a tale showing that this demonstrates death-of-the-Tea-Party.

 

Here's some of my wild optimism for you:   every day, growing numbers of crosshairs aimed at the out of all control idea of Big Government.   Tick tock.     It really is coming to an end.    Obama is realizing he is on the last gasping steam train pulling into FDR Station, on its way to the museum.   The Goodbye New Deal Great Society Tour is almost over.    There will be some last minute damage while they still can-- we are in the panciked Executive Order phase of this endgame, and then off to the dusty trash heap of history.   Obama's eight years on top of Bush's eight have combined to totally screw the pooch.

 

The only way this nation loses out is if the GOP somehow benefits by default from the Democrats' failure, giving us the latest sad cycle in a now 50+ year tag team duo of decline.   And with Brat's win....maybe not.     Look at the panic within the GOP over this kerfuffle.  

 

A pox on both their clueless houses.    They've both failed.   Their 'leadership' has led this nation here.   That is their resume, plain for all to see.  Can't spin that.

 

regards,

Fred



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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 4:44pmSanction this postReply
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What Peter said. Seriously, how much of a free market supporter can a man be if he also supports policies that control who, how, where and when employers can hire? What kind of "free market advocate" would force employers to accommodate anti-immigration, anti-free market immigration laws?



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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:55pmSanction this postReply
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I see it as his way of stemming a tide of future voters that will always vote democrat.  I do think immigration laws need to be fixed.  I am sure none of the ISIL group ravaging Iraq at this moment would ever dream of taking a flight to Mexico and simply crossing the border with all the other people.  A country SHOULD screen people wanting to enter it!  There SHOULD be clauses like "no you cannot enter the country and go on welfare."  As well as other stipulations like "No you will not lobby the government to instill sharia law so you feel more culturally at home."  By all means enter the country and enjoy and promote the American Dream!  Just leave the culture from the shithole you came from behind you and BECOME AMERICAN.  I see many who have forgot something important!  The American melting pot, where people from diverse country's and back grounds find common ground and work to better themselves and enrich the country as a whole.  Instead what I see are factions of special interest groups trying to jam their own notions of culture down our throats at the sacrifice of what makes the west a modern civilized society.

I seriously do not give a rats ass about what color a person is or where they come from.  I do believe in the right to Liberty, and to be able to pursue your own dream and to freely associate with anyone.  People need to understand that you do NOT have the right to NOT be offended.  If I for example want to draw images of Mohammed the prophet taking it up the ass by a goat while he sucks Jesus's dick and giving Judas a reach around I should not have to fear for my life in my own country.  

 

If you have not noticed many solid entrepreneurs are LEAVING the land of the free and taking their businesses with them to places that do not punish them for being successful. For the most part the type of people that are entering the country are not enriching the nation but are joining the line up of people on state benefits.  

Until America gets its shit together it should be severely restricting immigration not opening up the floodgates.  Those that ARE allowed in should be HIGHLY skilled.



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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 10:09pmSanction this postReply
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Jules, beware!  You run the risk of being accused of an excess of common sense  :-)



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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:48pmSanction this postReply
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Hahah I should add that to my signature!!



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Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 1:50amSanction this postReply
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if neither Muslims nor Christians get their beliefs 'un-offended', if neither Americans nor immigrants are entitled to a free ride, if neither individual nor melting-pot get their rights curbed, then America might have a chance of 'getting its shit together' ... get rid of the false choices and immigration will become a moot point and the Tea-Party will become again what it was: a tea party

"I'll have peppermint with just a touch of lime please"



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